First Do No Harm: The DEA targets Physicians who treat their patients pain.

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I am 65 yrs old, like the rest of you I also suffer with chronic pain, 24 hrs a day, everyday. I read the same story on almost every social media and news source, law-biding citizens are no longer receiving their perscription pain medication. I have found in most cities large groups of sick patients are forced to live with debilitating pain. Their doctor's and most HMO's refuse to refill past prescriptions for pain medicine. We now live with pain so intense, we will to do most anything to ease our pain. Our voices are being heard, but only as background chatter. Not long ago, investment bankers put our nation, thes financial system. and citizens in harms way. When their squandering lead to bank closures, pension looted, housing foreclosure, and people losing everything, our government came to the rescue of the banker's, not the citizens. A group of people and friends came together and a new action committee was formed. When more people and groups kept joining in, a united front was formed, and they shut down Wall Street.These people became known as the 99%er's. They came together as a united front and they made a difference, all over the world people began to make a difference. This action can work for us, we just need to start with social media and let people know what going on. send email, get on the phone, yell from your window. whatever it takes to get people envolved. Congress authorized a big chunk of taxpayer money to kick off this folly, it's an election year and should be interesting to see what congress will look like in the light of day.
My wife suffers from Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome, which has been categorized as a autoimmune disorder in the last few years. For 12 years, she's been with this condition. With the help of her pain doctor, she has had the pain under control until last year. Phizer Pharmaceutical company discontinued making Avinza because of forced actions by our wonderful government to cut down on opiates. That was the only form of an opiate that helped her with her pain so she could tolerate having a somewhat normal life. Since the summer of 2015 she has been mainly i the bed crying, day after day, wishing and praying that it would just go away. Her doctor has tried a few different pain medications and that has only made matters worse. I work in the addiction field and know that many people abuse drugs of ALL kinds. I'm also mindful enough to realize that not everyone that takes these medications is an addict. My wife is not an addict. She has a chronic pain issue, that this country has no cure for and had a relief until recently when the DEA and FDA decided to get their hands in the mix by forcing the Pharmaceutical company to quit making the medication that helped her get up and enjoy her life. I have a question for you.. What if it was your wife, husband, loved one that is going through what my wife is? Would you think any different? My heart goes out to the numbers of people that will suffer if this continues. Please, for the love of God and the people in this country who suffer without these medications, reverse your roles and re-think your strategies before more suffer or even kill themselves.
I went through several pain clinics before I found one I trusted to help me. After years of spinal procedures and medication I am finally able to get up each day and function at some level. A good day for me means I get up, bathe and dress myself and feed me without help. If I miss one medication the pain has me bedridden. Please make sure we get the meds we need to live a life. New normal!
I have MS and my pcp retired last month tried to send me to pain clinic and she told me she would not treat me that i didn't need what I was taking and then lied and reported back that I walked out. She told me she had MS patients and she knew what I should feel and what pain I should have. I have had no medicine for 2 week and no one cares. MS is already taken my life. People dont realize what it does to a person's body mind, and everyday living and don't care. Now all I get from my own family is I'm sorry and lazy and just a pillhead. Everyone lables you because you want to live what life you have left with some normalcy.
I am a HOSPITAL EMPLOYEE. I had severe Hip Pain for some time, which my DR. had Prescribed Hydrocodone for me which 60 pills lasted always 4/5/6 Months I do not abuse( ONLY USED as NEEDED! . I had My Hip Replaced . I still work at the Hospital I recently Fractured My L1 in my Spine (very severe pain)My Dr. has told me he can Not Prescribe me Pain Pills again Now for FEAR of Losing his License , So I have to suffer because of Druggies and people who abuse. You should look to see how often or for what reasons Drs. are Prescribing Meds. for their Patients. Some of us need them. Sorry DEA & Govt. are idiots.
I've been on pain meds ever since I lost my leg in the gulf war. Why are we treated like criminals? I just want to go to work and live a pain free life. I feel like my doctor is more concerned about losing her license then prescribing me the proper pain medication. Even if I do get an RX now I have to deal with the stupid pharmacists who have there own set of rules and get out their calculators and tell me when I can and can't fill a prescription. This is madness folks. Insurance is the icing on the cake limiting amounts. Let doctors treat the patient please. Pain is very subjective. My body may need 10 times what someone else can get by on. There are so many issues that absolutely drive me crazy I can write a book on it. The real sad part is that I have buddies from my platoon that are in far worse shape than me, and they end up buying on the street because they can't get a prescription from a doctor. The DEA is misguided in their qwest to further control these life saving substances. I'm at the point where moving to Amsterdam is looking like it may happen. Thanks for taking such good care of your vets DEA
Daily pain is emotionally and mentally devastating and can cause horrific results people have the right to live without daily pain it is cruel unfair policies not to medicate the pain
I have fibromyalgia and degenerative disk disease in my entire spine and lithesis in my neck. Now I have been tested positive for ANA, which could be further indication of a reason for my pain. My doctor just fired me from being a patient because I asked for pain medication. I was crying, I hurt so badly. I have comptemplated suicide because I cannot imagine a life like this. Due to my insurance, I cannot get another primary care physician for a month. I cry every day. I take Cymbalta and Celebrex but they barely let me move. Some years back a pain management doctor prescribed a 5 mg opioid, which I have been taking sparingly for 8 months. I use them on the days I need to work in the house or yard. On those days I still hurt but it is not debilitating. On the days I don't take them, I just sit all day. Some days I cry, like today. I don't barely move my neck. I can't stand to put 2 dishes in the dishwasher or go get a cup of coffee. This is cruel and demeaning, as if my life is meaningless to the doctor. I want to go on walks in the park with my dog and friends. I was to paint the bathroom. Simple things that normal people take for granted. I can't get started before I am exhausted from the pain. When that pain medicine is gone, I will have no reprieve from this hellish existence.
I have been suffering from Fiber Myalgia and i have had three disc and a steel cage in my lower spine I have a total knee replacement that was poorly done I have severe arthritis in both shoulder and elbows plus diabetic neuropathy in both hands and feet plus multiple major surgeries in the 6 years and now my Pain specialist is going to wean me off my meds. I have tired every treatment that is available to treat pain and nothing works for my pain but the medication that I finally agreed to take after years of fighting it and now the government wants to take away the one thing that allows me to be able to get out of bed I would like to know where you got your medical degrees from because you defiantly didn't pay attention in class.
i am 70 yrs.old been on opioids 7 yrs for back,neck,problems. it getting harder every month to get my rx filled like 5 days then i start to go into withdrews i have high BP it goes up,weak,dizzy, i am so scarded plzzz help.
my doctor cares more about controll than me.
She spent all her time testing for drugs. MAKES ME FEEL LIKE CRIMINAL
Science must be respected.
I believe now patients are more aware of the risks and should be given the option to take opioids or not. I have 2 family members who are chronic pain patients and probably could not work and support their families if they didnt have access to pain medication. There needs to be more education, not less medication. Dont make honest, hard working people take their money to the streets to buy medication they should be able to get from their doctor because thats where it will go. People will find a way to treat pain with or without you, Congress. Dont make things worse by making laws people cant abide by!
I have had Chronic Pain since 2001 following an auto accident. Each and every day I struggle to do even the most mundane tasks that people who do not suffer severe continuous pain take for granted. Law makers are not the appropriate people to be making MEDICAL decisions and forcing them on the doctors thereby denying the patient who is suffering from medication that they require to function on the most basic of levels. I am truly outraged to see this kind of action being implemented in our country. You are punishing the very patients that those medications were made for. It's simply asinine! Whoever came up with the idea of taking PAIN medications AWAY from PAIN patients is a real moron!! This kind of action is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people who can no longer stand being in constant severe pain and can see no other alternative than suicide to end their suffering! Way to go guys and gals! Every last one of you who voted for this action should be removed from your duties! When are you politicians going to realize that "We The People" are the ones who are not only responsible for you being in your current positions but also are the very people who pay your salaries? This madness has to stop! We are red-blooded Americans who just happen to be in pain and our lives and quality of life matter!!
From what I see of the Game Plan of the CDC, DEA, AND FDA, they have NO plans of stopping this madness! Unless we have our voices made clear and loud and fight this, we are all faced with a lifetime of pain and misery. This has to be IN THE NEWS, on YV, and major papers.we HAVE to get some members of Congress on our side! This is an important election year, lets get our officials up for election hear and understand our pain! More than a class action suit petition on paper, we need top layers and judges to put our case in the public eye, and fight for a PAIN FREE LIFE. We cannot let the Government walk all over us in the name of an exagerated and inflated war on opiods.
As a patient, I am being forced to live in a horribly painful body because of the new restrictions. I have complex regional pain syndrome and ehlers danlos syndrome. These are two of the most painful conditions known in science. I urge you to help us before we run out if time and die. I don't want my family to be without me, but my heart cannot support the stress my body is enduring much longer. I have already had to give up working due to this issue. There will be a huge economic crisis due to this if you don't stop it in its tracks. The treatment we are getting is inhumane and needs to be reversed.
I am horrified by the current state we are in. Stop playing with people's lives and treat us humanely.
Drug dealers will still get what they want while people, like me, with chronic extreme pain have to suffer.
So some person with a two year criminal justice degree from a community college thinks he knows better than my doctor as far as prescribing medications that HELP! All these idiots are doing is creating more street drug addicts for if the doctor controlled medications aren't available, they will surely go to the street for relief!
The government screws everything they touch up! It's time for Revolution Part 2!
Everyone in my chronic pain supports groups are freaking out. Some are considering suicide. They are taking away what little mobility, and life, we have left.
My doctor thinks i am a drug addict and now causing me humiliation, not only that for the past 8 years he has been my only pain doctor and i have no choice but to see him because all other pain clients are too far away for me to drive. When i first saw him when i was 22 years old, he gave me 80mg oxycottin time released 3 times a day for 2 years and now said he never gave that to me, which i still have the bottles. The reason i am bringing this up is, who gives a 22 year old 80mg Oxycotton's 3x a day for joint pain then lies 8 years later and said he never gave it to me. That caused me a lot of problems with me and my family, i also hurt someone very badly because of the effects of these strong drugs, and now he doesn't want to give me anything and blames me by saying i am seeing two different doctors for pain medication, which i wasn't. i just couldn't make it to his office because he moved 30 miles away so instead of seeing him to refill and pay $170 for a 5 minute visit i went to a GP doctor so he could give me medication just over the weekend until i could see my other doctor, and i phoned in and spoke to my other doctor and they said it was ok, but when it came time to show up the next week, they treated me like trash, forced me to take a drug test when in the past entire 8 years he has never done and they even lied about that saying i had taken many, which is bull sh&t, and the doctor stated he couldn't give me the same amount of pain medication that he normally did because i went to another doctor. So instead of my normal dose of 3 pills a day he took it down to 1 pill a day of methadose for chronic pain. Also to add i have UC, and AR. combined with a broken back after falling down the stairs. So what am i to do now?? I feel like trash because of the way the entire doctors office treated me, and im not trash, i own half of a company, that i work for but that doesn't matter. If you take pain medication you are automatically a drug addict now days.
What do people do that are not using pot for pain, but for stomach and anxiety issues? Cut off pain meds and have no regard for the individual patients needs.
My daughter has suffered because she was diagnosed several years ago with bipolar disorder. Because her doctor could not find the direct cause for her symptoms, he refuses to treat her and has basically told her it's all in her head. Now! When she goes to the doctor trying to get help for these same symptoms, they refuse to treat her. I personally, have seen the proof of her illness. Her illness is visible and her hearth declines. She has never been involved with drugs ever. She is not wanting pain medication, she just wants some test run to find out why she continues to run a fever and have swollen lymph nodes, or why she cannot have bowl movements. Do any of you have an answer for this? What makes all of you qualified to determine and diagnose someone's health, and decide whether or not they need treatment. Are all of you doctors? Why is is ok for a regular PCP to diagnose and determine a mental disorder and refuse treatment to a patient based on her mental health? Isn't this considered patient profiling? Do I sound angry? You damn right I am! I have witnessed my daughter decline in health because of this. Do I have to get an attorney and Sue for malpractice or for denying medical treatment based on my daughters mental illness? I guess sone.
The DEA is a corrupt institution and serves no function. They are one of the biggest parts of the problem they claim to act in opposition of.
Please go to: http://www.painnewsnetwork.org/stories/2016/7/19/cdc-opioid-guidelines-not-rule-regulation-or-law
Read the article by Pat Anson, Editor
You can find a link there to copy the letter I received from Dr. Houry at the CDC who oversaw
the development of "CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain - United States, 2016" Take a copy of it to your physician, pain mgt. physician, and any one else you can think of. Send a copy to your state and federal representatives. To the media. To the insurance companies. Anyone and everyone. It is a breakthrough letter. It dispels much of the misrepresentation, misinterpretation, and outright lies perpetrated by the politicians, the media, and insurance companies. My physician was ecstatic about it. He said he and his colleagues can use it to rebut any questions about
their judgement in opioid prescribing.
Please don't take our meds away as I will then have no life.
Pain Management? The current system does not work! Patients are not getting the medication they need! Please fix this.
The new CDC guidelines are painfully misleading. Just because there haven't been enough studies to show the efficacy of opiates for chronic pain long-term doesn't mean that the government should just abruptly recommend stopping their use. How about conducting retroactive studies on the last hundred years worth of data? This is clearly a government agenda to appease those who are upset with the opiate epidemic, and while I feel sorry for drug addicts - I really do - it is because of them that we are all now suffering, and we don't deserve it. Punishing hundreds of millions of innocent people who are already being punished every day by chronic pain isn't the answer to the drug overdose problem. In fact, almost 88% of drug addicts never even had a valid prescription for medicine in the first place. I'm sitting here right now almost in tears because I can't get strong enough medication for my pain. No doctor will give it to me, and they cite the new CDC guidelines as the reason. There are many more like me who will eventually just give up and commit suicide. We are people with jobs, with homes, with families we love, and we are hurting. You must stop treating innocent people like criminals - we are already in so much pain, we suffer enough. This is criminal, just criminal of the government to do to so many people. How many will kill themselves before you change your recommendations? Do the suicides have to surpass the overdoses before you will do something to end the suffering? There has to be another way - this isn't it! - Sincerely, an RN with a compassionate heart, who also happens to live with severe chronic back pain - who is writing this nearly in TEARS!
The way the DEA is handling the Poor doctors that are in Pain management are out control ..People with chronic pain are being treated like drug addicts don't you people relisle that chronic pain is no way to live and lots people have killed their self cause they can't take the way DEA is making doctors scared to write pain meds this has to stop it's hurting more than helping ...most Doctors are scared so what's a person to do ...please help us Chronic pain sufferers once and for all let the Doctors to treat the Patient please
My father is 78 years old and has had a bad back for years. He can barely walk and get out of bed sometimes because of the pain. He has had surgery, shots and pain therapy; none of this has helped with his chronic pain. He has done everything the doctors have recommended. Now, he cannot get his doctor to prescribe pain medicine. I don't understand why the medical profession and congress are allowing this to happen. He is 78 years old - he does not need to be in pain at this time of his life. My mother is his care giver and dealing with this nonsense doesn't help the situation.

Just because some doctors and individuals have abused the system, does not mean that everyone should be punished, especially people in chronic pain. Lets prosecute the doctors who have the pill mills - not innocent people who just want to have quality of life.

Thank you - Colette M
Placing opiate pain relievers, October 2014, in a class II schedule has had devastating effects on chronic pain patients. We are being treated like criminals and can not get our medications filled in a timely manner and sometimes not at all . We have been forced into acute withdrawal along with disruption to our medical care. Our quality of life should not be taken away due to people who abuse these medications and die. Washington DC needs to start dealing with the real issue and that is the illegal market of opiates such as heroin, synthetic phentynol, which is killing people faster than heroin. Over regulation from DC, the DEA, and the FDA have taken away our basic human right to have quality of life and continuity of care under our physicians. This needs to change. We, chronic pain patients, have rights too! Drug addicted individuals need treatment for their addiction. Chronic pain patients need treatment for their life long illnesses and injuries. I do not want the federal government and law enforcement agencies involved in my private medical care between my physician and myself. There has been a terrible injustice done to a relatively small demographic of citizens. Many of us are still fighting for our health, despite this tremendous roadblock. Many of us still want to live and have productive lives. Our pain medications along with other modalities and treatments make that possible. These latest changes in regulations and drug class have created a Draconian effect on many people who are not the problem. It's called "Throwing the baby out with the bathwater." However, in this case, the baby (chronic pain patient) has not only been thrown out....but thrown over the cliff as well. We need changes to our laws that do not discriminate against people who, under the direct care of their doctor, use pain medication responsibly for their very legitimate health issues.
I cant have Ibuprophen cause of Kidney disease in family and I take 4 hydrocodones 10/325 a day but its getting to the point that's not helping
The new DEA law forces me to live in chronic pain! Im an elderly woman with previous back surgery. The pain becomes so severe that suicide crosses my mind. 😢
This phenomena in the medical community of downsizing your medications by sending you to pain control center only to push you into having costly procedures that still leaves you in lots of pain and financially stressed do not serve the general public at all both of us and chronic pain need help are doctors should be able to determine what type of help we need without fear of Retribution either someone is trying to increase the number of illegal drug buys by forcing chronic pain patients to buy illegal drugs to subsidize so they don't go crazy from the pain or someone wants a society full of fools because they have gone crazy from the pain
We need more Drs n clinics to help us with chronic pain from bad surgeries that have caused my pain n no quality of life now. Please help. I have kids tofinush raising n I can't even stand to cook dinner anymore. Help, please help. No Drs want to because of the laws and seekers. I have proof n legit pain and it's time to get something done for those of us that are not just seekers..... Help us!!
It really is a crock.
I would like this "free" country of ours to stop interfering with doctors orders and preventing sick people from getting the pain relief they need. Frankly I am tired of the government stepping into my doctors office and pharmacy with me and deciding what is best for me. Deciding what level of pain and detetmining a proper course of Meds is my business and my doctor. Please stop harassing the doctors. No one wants to treat people anymore and it is getting ridiculous what people doing the right thing have to go thru to get their medicine. Try getting it early if you are going on a vacation. Nightmare. Ever have your medicine stolen and get a police report and have the police refuse to take fingerprints on the open window to your home??? Getting robbed then being told you cannot get a new prescription. Even if it never happened before???? My friend had her medicine stolen out of the hospital when she was in there and they held her Meds for her while she was in the hospital. They were stolen by the staff of the hospital and she could not get a replacement. Even with her doctor calling. This is getting absurd. Being branded an addict because you have a serious chronic level of pain is also overwhelming and unfair. Fighting for pain relief from a hospital after being septic and in the hospital almost a month. The second day w a 103 fever so sick, septic, and they didn't know it but took away the pain Meds during one of the most painful times of my life and being that sick and having to fight w the dr's for help is absolutely inhumane. It is understandable when a person goes to the Er repeatedly several times a month but how about no Er visit for several years??? Then going in and getting treated like that when u almost die from an infection???? How about being so sick with an infection and bring thrown into the mental ward because the hospital was sending you home and you were septic and had encephalitis and had a fit because they were accusing u of having drugs in your system. Even though the doctors know that many severe infections cause these types of false positives on urine tests. Then to find out you are septic and asked them to re-do the test after spending a night in the mental ward cause I was so sick. The 2nd test was negative. That's when it was figured out that I was that sick my kidneys were shutting down causing a false positive. Why are doctors so quick to judge and disregard people. Even people who do use illegal drugs get sick but to disregard a sick person who never goes to the Er based on one test and not look into their severe pain is negligence. I could have had a seizure in the rubber room. It was awful pain. I was ignored and abused and when they found out that none of the other regular medicine was in the test either then they looked for another explanation. Looking at a persons history of Er visits should tell the story. If someone spends years not going to the E
I would like this "free" country of ours to stop interfering with doctors orders and preventing sick people from getting the pain relief they need. Frankly I am tired of the government stepping into my doctors office and pharmacy with me and deciding what is best for me. Deciding what level of pain and detetmining a proper course of Meds is my business and my doctor. Please stop harassing the doctors. No one wants to treat people anymore and it is getting ridiculous what people doing the right thing have to go thru to get their medicine. Try getting it early if you are going on a vacation. Nightmare. Ever have your medicine stolen and get a police report and have the police refuse to take fingerprints on the open window to your home??? Getting robbed then being told you cannot get a new prescription. Even if it never happened before???? My friend had her medicine stolen out of the hospital when she was in there and they held her Meds for her while she was in the hospital. They were stolen by the staff of the hospital and she could not get a replacement. Even with her doctor calling. This is getting absurd. Being branded an addict because you have a serious chronic level of pain is also overwhelming and unfair. Fighting for pain relief from a hospital after being septic and in the hospital almost a month. The second day w a 103 fever so sick, septic, and they didn't know it but took away the pain Meds during one of the most painful times of my life and being that sick and having to fight w the dr's for help is absolutely inhumane. It is understandable when a person goes to the Er repeatedly several times a month but how about no Er visit for several years??? Then going in and getting treated like that when u almost die from an infection???? How about being so sick with an infection and bring thrown into the mental ward because the hospital was sending you home and you were septic and had encephalitis and had a fit because they were accusing u of having drugs in your system. Even though the doctors know that many severe infections cause these types of false positives on urine tests. Then to find out you are septic and asked them to re-do the test after spending a night in the mental ward cause I was so sick. The 2nd test was negative. That's when it was figured out that I was that sick my kidneys were shutting down causing a false positive. Why are doctors so quick to judge and disregard people. Even people who do use illegal drugs get sick but to disregard a sick person who never goes to the Er based on one test and not look into their severe pain is negligence. I could have had a seizure in the rubber room. It was awful pain. I was ignored and abused and when they found out that none of the other regular medicine was in the test either then they looked for another explanation. Looking at a persons history of Er visits should tell the story. If someone spends years not going to the E
Been a model patient for the better part of 5 years. I dont drink, smoke or do any illegal drugs. At my last pain management appointment my doctor informed me he would have to switch my meds. My pain was under control and now im a mess. This needs to be fixed
I have been a pain patient for going on 16 years. Before I was stabilized on opioids, I couldn't get out of bed, couldn't hold a job, withdrew from family and friends, and begged for help. After I saw a pain specialist, and got on opioid therapy, I'm actually a productive member of society. I haven't missed a day of work in 14 years, I own a home, I have many friends, my family life is great, and I compete in many athletic activities. Running, weight lifting, swimming, cycling, yoga, etc. My life is great. I've been on the same dose of opioids for at least 4 years.I haven't developed a tolerance. In fact, my dosage of opioids is 1/2 of what it was a few years ago. My specialist had transferred my care to my primary care provider(of 12 years). I have been compliant with all the drug test, no "lost" rx's, etc. I've been the model pain patient. My primary care provider retired a couple of years back, and the doctor who took over my care recently moved to another state. I am now faced with doctors who want me to stop the opioids. Over the last month, I've had my opioid medications cut in half. They now have me on at least 7 meds to replace the opioid medicines. I find myself feeling hungover when I wake up, having a hard time doing my athletic activities, etc. My pain level was a 3-5, with the dose of opioid medication I was taking on a daily basis. My pain was tolerable. Now, my pain fluctuates between a 6-9, and I don't havr quality of life. I feel like I'm going in reverse, like I'm almost back where I started over a decade ago. This makes no sense. Sure, I can be alive with a pain level of 7-9, but there is no quality of life. If I can't get out of bed, I can't work. No work, means no money to live. I can't get help from the state because my home is paid off. Really? First do no harm is the oath doctors take. How is this not harming me? My current provider says that "I'm not comfortable with your dose of narcotics"! I thought the term narcotic referred to the illicit drugs. Well, I'm sorry that my health problems make you(provider) uncomfortable. Really? They even said that since I can't get in with a pain specialist until early next year, they may not continue my care. I've been a patient in this practice for 14 years, and you want to discontinue my care? This is crazy. Doctors are supposed to help people, not hurt them. The new CDC guidelines aren't law, they are suggestions on how to prescribe opioids. No where in anything I read does it tell physicians to take away opioids. Maybe one day they will get it right. I just don't want to completely lose my quality of life before then.
unfair to all of us who have REAL pain and live with it on a daily basis!
I have peroneal neuropathy, when I finally went to the doctor because the pain was so bad I couldn't take it anymore, they started me out on this psychobabble s*** drugs of which almost killed me twice. I was then sent to a pain clinic where I was treated like a drug addict and given methadone, this was a great pain reliever however I was waking up in the middle of the night not being able to breathe, I explained to them that I can't take this it's going to kill me, then I asked this dumbass assistance that was treating me what will we try next and he said we'll we'll try methadone again. All I could think is what a moron, I felt I had to leave that clinic against my doctor's advice just to stay alive. Then I went to another pain doctor he prescribed opiates at 75 milligrams of morphine three times a day which 3 codeine tablets for breakthrough pain. I was still living a very painful life however I can play with my grandkids do occasional light chores around the house and even cook dinner once in awhile instead of eating out of a can all the time. Over the next couple years I talk my doctor into raising the morphine 100 milligrams 3 times a day and I Got 5 codeine pills for breakthrough pain. Life was no picnic but I had a life. I was taking these opiates for 8 years never had one problem other than constipation and I learned how to deal with that. Now the CDC and the DEA with their recommendations and targeting my doctors have put me right back in bed wishing I was dead, I can do very little anymore. I'm going to a psychiatrist next week because I caught myself headed out the door to kill myself with my car because I won't kill myself with opiates, because then these dumb-asses will blame the opiates when the truth is it's the lack of the opiates that's going to get me killed. Can't shoot myself because then they'll blame the gun. I really hate the thought of committing suicide because I've seen what it does to the family members of people that do that. So I don't know what I'm going to do, one thing is for sure I'm going to try to get our message out as many places and as long as I can. We all need to make sure that everyone knows the DEA and CDC are nothing more than terrorist organizations. We live in a country that won't torture people who want to cut our heads off and kill thousands of us at a time, but they'll torture the elderly the disabled are military personnel that said that s*** blood out of them. Bottom line they won't tell you this but 50% of all opiate related deaths or caused by doctors giving psychobabble drugs to people that were taken opiates, that's right 50% that's half of the problem, about 20% are doctor shoppers, in other words drug addicts. When they say 25% of the people that died of just opiates we're on Medicaid so you have to ask yourself why do people on Medicaid die, well that's pretty easy one they're committing suicide with opiates because they have no money they have no hope and no one will help them. Just read
I am being weened off my meds I have a slew of medical problems, I cannot take Tylenol, Advil ibuprofen or any of those due to peptic ulcers., My Drs said they will figure something out for me but I'm very concerned. I don't want to live in bed with no quality of life.
Idiots in government who came up with this don't have a clue what real pain is.....
I have venous vein disease in both legs and it is very painful.Without my pain medication I cannot walk or do anything and if no one has this type of pain they don't understand or have any compassion for you.My doctor finally found something that took my pain away and I was able to walk and do my housework and it was a miracle for me but then he left and closed his practice and now I can't find another doctor that will help me and I am in constant pain again and can't walk.When your quality of life is gone and you can't walk or enjoy anything then you get very depressed very fast.I just need a doctor to help me with pain management so I can get my life back but I can't find one to help me.
People that are in chronic pain should be able to get something for that pain.I have venous vein disease in both legs and can't walk without pain medicine.I have had surgery on both my legs but the problem has came back and I have been to 4 vein specialists that tell me there is no hope for me and I could have the same surgery again but my problem will return.The surgery was so painful that I would never do it again and it only helped me for 4 months and then my pain was right back worse than ever.I have no life without the pain medicine to help me walk and I can't find a doctor to help me since my doctor finally found something that worked for my pain but then he left and now I am in constant pain and can't walk.I just need someone that will help me please.
There IS a site for classaction lawsuite for denial of opiods for pain management, just type in class action lawsuite. Also, the Gujdeline from the CDC concerning opiates are just that,,, GUIDELINES NOT LAW,,, written in stone! Am seeing my Dr. on tuesday, and if I am refused the use of vicodan, which I had been on for 4 years, which ws stopped beginning of, this year, will file complaints at local, city, and state level. And after that, am going to find a lawyer (already havd one in mind) , and fight for my right to pain coverage. Echoing all the other stories I have read,,, was doing fine, worki g part time, gardening, etc, and since january, my quality of life has drastically deminished. Let's not all give up fight this, get a lawyer, go online, on the radio, tv,,, any way you can think of, this discrimination of people in pain must stop!
I am just in disbelief I live in America and being denied medication that I desperately need. I suffer with osteoarthritis and dig bone disease and other very painful disease and have to cope with this horrible pain daily because my medication has been cut back drastically .i have had over 8 operations I will never be fixed or healed I am almost 56 yrs old and because of the government all up in my Drs business. You Uncle Sam do not know me or my health records but you know what's best for me how can you do this to me and so many Americans for 6 years I been going to a pain clinic doing a drug test every month but just because you think you know best now I suffer horrible daily. This is inhuman what has happened. I would give anything if one of you could just live a day in my body I know real quick you would feel differently you would be begging for something for the pain. How in the crap can you people thinks what is best for us you don't know us or nothing about our health
The government has taken away our rights to receive proper medical care. It's not okay. Either take pain pills completely off the market or nothing, it's against the constitution to regulate pain medication. It goes against our rights!
This probably has everything to due with the shift to "medical marijuana". It's not okay to be treated like a criminal because I take opiates. NO ONES BUSINESS! I have tried countless prescriptions, so many I could start my own pharmacy, why is it wrong for me to be prescribed what works for my fibromyalgia. I wish EVERYDAY I WAS PAIN FREE! My life would be a hell of a lot easier if I wasn't a human Guinea pig, side effects from insomnia to my hair falling out, I even had an amnesia while I was driving home because of nerve medicine I was on. I wish like hell I didn't have to take anything! A class action lawsuit needs to happen with the discrimination thats occuring, it's disgusting!
Just do it and open the floodgates for the heroin dealers... Are you idiots or.? Stay out of our medicine cabinets damn government..
I have been on pain treatments since the 90s . I have never taken Heroin and I DOS NOT EVEN KNOW WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE. My dentist never got me hooked on anything after any dental work..But now after working in an environment that a body should not even be in ..I am now disabled ..The only thing that releases my pain so I can function is the treatment that my Dr. Provides for me..When I lost my last Dr I had to wait 6 months to get into this Dr who is a pain DR, while I was waiting all I did was lay on the couch and watch the TV I couldn't even enjoy any type of a normal life ..But after working with my Dr getting me to the right level of medications I can finally live some what of a normal life..If I am to loose this medication my life is going to go right back to being on the couch for the rest of my life..If white life's matter and black life's matter I think its time that PAIN PATIENTS MATTER JUST AS MUCH AS ANYONE ELSE. If the government want to take our lives away this is discrimination to me and everyone else who suffers with any chronic pain..PLEASE STAY OUT OF OUR MEDICINE CABINETS THIS IS MY LIFE NOT YOURS..There are more alcohol related deaths then there are from traffic Fatalities..Im so tired of every new rule they make that only makes us worse but helps the heroin dealers get richer.! THIS IS ALL THAT THESES LAWS DO
I often wonder is the gov energy making extra money from more heroin usage ..Im so sick of this I just want to move out of the state of Maine "The way life should be" Should be changed... HOW ABOUT MAINE IS HURTING HEROIN DEALERS WELCOME This is the ONLY thing that IS going to happen..LEAVE US ALONE PLEASE!!
Well the CDC hired a firm by the i itials PRR, to further boost thier INHUMANE opiod guidelines, thier website is prrbiz.com. Please reference painnewsnetwork.org page for the article regarding this company being hired by the CDC. I suggest emailing this company and let them know the side of legitimate pain pts who are being denied lifesaving pain medication, let them know that because of the actions by the CDC, DEA, FDA, PROP AND our corrupt government that innocent law abiding chronically ill citizens are being discharged by thier drs, are having thier lifelines severely reduced or abruplty stopped, let them know because of these INHUMANE guidelines, the chronically ill are degraded, neglected, abused, mistreated and discriminated against. Let them know the government is committing genocide along with thier sidekicks, the DEA, CDC, FDA AND PROP. ALL OF YOU LEGIT PAIN PTS NEED TO FIGHT BACK, THE GOVERNMENT IS KILLING OFF THE DISABLED, OUR VETS, OUR SENIOR CITIZENS, AND EVERY LEGIT PAIN PT ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, MY GOD PTS ARE HAVING MAJOR SURGERIES AND BEING DENIED PAIN MEDICATION FOR POST OP CARE, THIS IS CRUEL AND IT IS TORTURE!
Apply for SS or welfare let's see how the government likes that Cuz it's impossible to work in pain

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